Helloooooo Monday! It’s that time of the week again where meal prep Monday happens! This week I decided to try a couple of different recipes and I’m sure glad that I did because they were tasty and turned out pretty good! I changed up my breakfast from savory to something sweet as my sweet tooth has been a bit out of control lately. I figured this way would help with that. I’m bringing back overnight pro-oats! They are so easy to make and great for this ridiculous hot weather we’ve been having in Phoenix. No microwaving necessary, unless, of course you like your oats hot. I also ventured out and tried a recipe that included an ingredient I’ve never used before – harissa paste! It’s definitely got some kick to it and adds a great flavor to the dish I tried. I will definitely be using it more frequently.
Challenges from last week… I’m still dealing with stress eating. This week I’m trying to make better decisions and sticking to fruit versus cookies or ice cream. It will be hard, but it’s for the best. I’m also dealing with getting bored with my food mid week when it comes to lunches and coworkers eating out. I’m easily persuaded to go out to eat. Whomp-whomp. I need to suck it up and start making some different lunches mid week so I’m not getting bored and spending unnecessary funds on eating out. I will work on that next week as I already bought the ingredients for this week’s meals.
Meal Prep Monday: Vol 5
This week I ended up shopping at both Trader Joe’s and Sprouts because I couldn’t find the ingredients I needed at one place. I started off at Sprouts because I figured I’d be able to find everything there. I was wrong. An important ingredient for a new recipe I was trying (Harissa paste) wasn’t at Sprouts and I knew Trader Joe’s had it because I had seen it there before. Both stores looked at me like I was green goblin when I said Harissa paste. It was entertaining to say the least. I had no idea what it was until I did a google search. It’s a mixture of peppers, spices and oil blended together to make a flavorful paste for marinades, sauces and other Moroccan dishes. Sounds delicious, right?! It was! It’s always exciting to try new recipes out with ingredients you’ve never tried before and it actually tastes great! That’s exactly what happened this week.
Anyways, back to the shopping… I spent $51.88 at Sprouts and $18.44 at Trader Joe’s for a total of $70.32. I bought: 3 lbs. of white jasmine rice, 1 lb. of rolled oats, 1 lb. hulled millet, a loaf of gluten free bread, Silk soy yogurt, olive oil, 1 can of garbanzo beans, Harissa paste, organic cherry tomatoes, organic Persian cucumbers, organic Colombian coffee K-cups, coconut milk creamer, powdered peanut butter, 2 cartons of strawberries, golden raisins, 2 lemons, 3 limes, 4 nectarines, a mini watermelon and romaine lettuce. I ended up making 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners and 5 snacks (assorted fruit) for a total of $5.02 per meal. This week’s haul was a little more expensive as I needed to stock up on a few items like olive oil, bread, coffee and the powdered peanut butter but overall, I stayed within my budget of $75 for the week.
Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: PB&J Pro-Oats (recipe coming soon!)
Dinner: Harissa-Lime Chicken & Couscous Skillet
As you may or may not know, couscous is not gluten free so I had to figure out a substitute in order to make it edible. I did some research and found out that millet is very similar in texture to couscous and is a great substitute for it. So I decided to try it out. My millet turned into one big ball of stickiness. 🙁 Needless to say, I had to go with another option. I opted to with quinoa as I know the end result would be good and it worked for this recipe. I also had to change the way I cooked the meal since quinoa doesn’t cook as fast as couscous does. The end result was still super tasty and I’m sure it tasted as it was intended by the blogger.
Snacks: watermelon & nectarines
My sweet tooth has been crazy lately due to stress and I figured eating fruit is probably better than stuffing my face with ice cream and cookies. I’m tryna live that healthy lyfe yo.